Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY, USA,
30 Oct 2009
Regina José Galindo
Artist : Regina José Galindo
Title : Piel
Date(s) : 2001
Material : DVD: 56’55”
Credit : Courtesy prometeogallery di Ida Pisani Milan/Lucca, Exit Arts
Regina José Galindo review by Josephine Breese
Exit Art’s retrospective of Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo conducts a relentless battery against the viewer. With a decade’s worth of Galindo’s performances charted in the exhibition, the show is heavily charged. Each video work teeters on a tense balance between empathy for the artist’s physical suffering at her own hands and attention to the political subtext of protest. The exhibition reflects Exit Art’s conception of art as anthropology, providing a truly democratic forum for international artists.
Galindo’s bleak performances consistently depict self-initiated violence against her body. Through her work Galindo directly responds to the struggle of life in Guatemala under repeatedly corrupt regimes. She boldly holds up political crimes, social hierarchies, segregation and the oppression of women for examination.